New Research Shows Older Americans’ Technology Usage Keeps Climbing – And Climbing

Last fall my mom got an iPhone so she could text with her children and grandchildren. It turns out she’s part of a trend of older Americans embracing technology to keep in touch with family and friends. Recent AARP research found that the use of technology by people age 50-plus keeps climbing. A significant majority (94 percent) of Americans age 50 and up are using technology to stay connected to friends and family, up from 91 percent in 2017. And …

How Managing Stress Helps Our Brain Health

How we cope with stress is an important factor in our mental well-being which, in turn, impacts our brain health as we age. How we personally view getting older is also related. Adults who look at aging positively report higher mental well-being scores, says a new survey. A recent AARP Research survey of adults age 18+ found some interesting insights about stressors and how people cope. Researchers compared their findings across the major generational groups [Leading edge of Gen-Z (ages …

Five Takeaways from New AARP Research on Tech Usage

New AARP research shows that people of all ages are using technology to keep in touch with friends and family. The way people use their devices differ somewhat based on whether they are in their 50s, 60s, 70s, etc. The full survey can be accessed here. Here are five takeaways from the research: Seventy percent of adults 50-plus own a smartphone and an equal percentage are on social media. Among those ages 50-69, text messaging has overtaken email as the …

It’s Summer—Pack the Grandparents, Parents & Kids in the Car for a Multigenerational Vacation

Notice to travelers: If your family is traveling with three generations, it’s a multigenerational trip, according to AARP. One third of travelers have made multi-gen travel a family tradition because it provides quality time together. I can relate. Growing up, my family went to Ocean City, Md., for 43 years and stayed at the same place — the Commander Hotel — for 35 of those years (in the same rooms no less!) until the hotel was torn down. AARP research says …

African Americans Share What Makes Them Happy

In 2012, AARP released a study titled “Beyond Happiness: Thriving,” which explored what happiness means to adults and what it takes to thrive as they age. AARP surveyed more than 4,000 Americans ages 35-80, including African Americans/blacks. Regardless of age, relationships were found to be universally important and key drivers of happiness. Among African Americans/blacks age 50 and over, family, relationships and faith top the list of experiences that contribute to personal happiness. The most significant were: Watching your children, …

Brain Health Is Important Today…and Even More So Tomorrow

The average person lives to be 78 today, which is three decades longer than a century ago. Scientists say they will soon be able to extend life well beyond 120. Many billionaires, particularly from Silicon Valley, are spending millions annually to disrupt death. Even Google set up Calico (California Life Co.) in September 2013 to reverse-engineer the biology that controls lifespan and “devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives.” The longer we live, the higher the …